I feel like I'm out of my depth on the subject of micing/amping my DB. I know that I want to find a way to amplify my DB (for live performance) that will both give an authentic/true/pure/transparent/however-you-want-to-describe-it representation of the instrument and not break my budget. I have a decent amount of available credit with the company i am financing my DB through, however i don't want to sink much further in to debt... so I am thinking of keeping it around the $200 mark (possibly willing to go a little higher if needed). I contacted the place I bought my DB from and asked if they carry, or can order for me, some mics i found in my price range. My email reads: The response I received was: I am not sure about his recommendations. Don't these transducer pickups only give you what is at the bridge? I have used a Scheuller on my sitar and was completely turned off by what I perceive to be the capabilities of the transducer pickup... it doesn't give a real representation. How could it? Musical instruments are too complex to be able to have their sound -- character, nuances and all -- captured at a single point! I don't want just the notes to be amplified, I want the instrument to be amplified. When I get in to my free/avant-garde/outside/fringe playing I make little scratches with the bow, I'll knock on the body in different places... I'll slap my palms on the strings... I'll use the whole bass as a playground for creativity and expression. I need something that will amplify that.